Wyoming Festival Call for Composer Fellows

The Wyoming Festival Call for Composer Fellows

Deadline for receipt of application: Monday May 1, 2017
Festival duration: August 2 – 11, 2017
Festival location: Grand Teton National Park, UW-National Park Service Research Station, Wyoming, USA
Application Fee: $15 administrative fee
Festival attendance fee: $800 ($300 of this fee is a non-refundable portion to be paid upon acceptance to reserve your space.)

The Wyoming Festival is a 10-day new music festival devoted to the creation of concert music in a wild and natural setting at the AMK Ranch (UW-NPS Research Station http://uwnpsresearch.org) in Grand Teton National Park. Six Music Composition Fellows of all levels (minimum age 22) from across the globe will be invited to work with world-class musicians to create new music in celebration of the National Park. The theme for 2017 is the Solar Eclipse—we encourage composers to get inspired by the eclipse, astronomy, science/nature/ecology of the Parks, and especially Grand Teton NP.

1. The Composition Fellows will be invited to discuss the field of new concert music and composition, practice listening in a natural setting, compose using science and nature as source materials for new music, meet musical guests, and share their music with listening seminars. The Fellows will work with accomplished composers Forrest Pierce (http://www.forrestpierce.com), Anne M. Guzzo (anneguzzo.com), and professional chamber musicians from the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, led by Chamber-Artist-in-Residence Holly Mulcahy, (hollymulcahy.com). The resident ensemble is a string quintet: 2 vl,vla,vc, and cb. Composers will be writing for any combination from that ensemble from solo to quintet. The Wyoming Festival will host a concert of Fellows’ music at Grand Teton National Park and in the community of Jackson, WY.

Applicants should be interested in developing a shared new music community for future collaborations and making lifelong connections. Those with interest in nature and ecology are especially encouraged to apply.

Composition fellows will be co-housed (dormitory style) at the historic AMK Ranch in the Lawrence House and will prepare their own food or go to nearby park restaurants. Shared living amenities include a living room, meeting space, bathrooms, and kitchens. Laundry, groceries, and other Park amenities are a short distance away and Fellows will have access to these services.

To Apply: please e-mail the following to: wyomingfestival@gmail.com

1. Your name, address, e-mail, and phone number.

2. Either a .pdf of the score for an existing piece you would like to have performed for any combination culled from a string quintet (2 vl, vla, vc, cb) OR a .pdf of a piece that represents your string writing, should you wish to compose a new work. If you choose the second option, upon acceptance, your deadline for a new piece will be June 26, 2017. Duration of work sample audio and pieces should be no longer than 7 minutes for either option. Excerpts of individual movements from a piece are acceptable.

3. A link to a recording of the piece you have submitted (A MIDI .mp3 is acceptable if no performance .mp3 is available.)

4. A brief bio (please note, we are accepting ALL levels of composers, including students and professionals.)

5. $15 administrative fee to AMK Ranch.

6. The name and contact information for a personal/professional reference we may call or e-mail.

7. Optional – tell us about your interest in nature/science/ecology or your interest in the Wyoming Festival’s unique location.

Checks can be made out to:

UW – NPS Research Station (put “Wyo Fest” in the memo line) and send to

Bonnie Robinson
UW-NPS Research Station
1000 E. University Ave. Dept 3166
Laramie, WY 82071

Online payments: To pay the administrative fee online, go to the UW National Park Service Research station:


1. Use the Wyoming Festival tab

2. For Description: Use “WY Fest Administrative Fee ” followed by your full name.
Example: WY Fest Administrative Fee - Jane Deer

3. For Amount Due: Use “15.00”

For questions or more information, e-mail wyomingfestival@gmail.com

1 May 2017
U.S. Dollar (USD)